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4 money problems that didn't exist 50 years ago (and ho…

In many ways, the world is a better place than it was 50 years ago … but it’s certainly more complicated, especially when it comes to personal finance. While the multitude of financial tools we now have at our disposal can be extremely helpful, they can also make our lives ...

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Will a corporate tax cut benefit the middle class?…

Cutting corporate taxes will be good for the middle class. That’s a promise Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made in his pitch for business tax reform. “By making the business tax code more competitive … they’ll have better, higher paying jobs,” Mnuchin said at a Senate budget hearing when asked ...

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Staples is selling itself for a fraction of its former value…

Another struggling retailer hopes to turn itself around — away from the harsh scrutiny of Wall Street. Staples (SPLS) announced on Wednesday that it will go private, selling itself at a huge discount to Sycamore Partners, a firm focused on keeping distressed retailers afloat. The deal values the office supply ...

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The opioid crisis is draining America of workers…

The opioid epidemic has crippled communities across the United States, spurred a public health crisis, and is responsible for nearly 100 overdose deaths each day. Opioid abuse is also hurting America’s job market. Use of opioids has become a key factor in why “prime age” workers, mostly men, are unable ...

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Should I pay off my mortgage early instead of saving for my …

Our only debt is our home mortgage. We have 19 years left if we continue making payments as scheduled. I’m anxious to pay it off sooner, but also need to save for our kids’ college (4 year old & 2 year old). Should we put 100% of our focus towards ...

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How Illinois became America's most messed-up state…

Politicians are notorious for making promises they can’t keep. But they really outdid themselves in Illinois — and now the state is paying for it. Illinois is on the verge of becoming America’s first state with a junk credit rating. The financial mess is the inevitable result of spending more ...

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Boeing '797' doesn't exist yet. One airline a…

It’s still nearly a decade away, but airlines are jockeying for position to get first dibs on Boeing’s new “797” airliner. The chief executive of Norwegian Air Shuttle said in an interview Wednesday that the fast-growing low-cost airline was very interested in Boeing’s new twin-aisle jet currently on the drawing ...

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Virgin Galactic gears up for first test flights since 2014…

Richard Branson’s company Virgin Galactic has promised Stephen Hawking, Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher a ride to space. But a 2014 test flight of the company’s space plane ended in tragedy and derailed Branson’s ambitions for commercial space travel. Years have come and gone without any indicators of ...

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How to get the most out of customer loyalty programs…

Brands covet your attention, but there’s something they want even more: your loyalty. And they’re willing to offer you early access, special prices or free goods to get it. Chances are you’re already in at least one loyalty program: Americans have 3.8 billion loyalty memberships, according to a study from ...

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Debt ceiling deadline: US could risk default by early Octobe…

The Congressional Budget Office on Thursday narrowed its projections for when Treasury might run short on money if lawmakers don’t raise or suspend the country’s debt ceiling. The CBO now estimates that Treasury might risk defaulting on some payments in the first half of October. Previously, it had predicted that ...

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